Clinical pathology for pets
Clinical pathology for pets allows our veterinarians to analyse and diagnose specific health conditions. These tests assist with monitoring treatments or to check organs that can’t be checked on a general physical examination.
Common laboratory tests include blood tests, urinalysis, faecal tests, and biopsy examination.
Greencross Vets clinics are equipped with the latest laboratory equipment. This allows our veterinarians to perform a range of diagnostic tests to achieve accurate, rapid diagnoses. This is especially important in sick pets and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment. Our in-house laboratory can provide results within minutes.
In some cases, specialised tests performed by an external veterinary laboratory may be required. The results of these tests can take a bit longer to receive.
Some of the conditions that may be diagnosed with in-house clinical pathology testing include:
- kidney and liver disease
- hormonal problems
- certain cancers
Having in-house laboratory facilities also allows us to provide valuable information about your pet’s anaesthetic safety. A simple in-house blood test on the morning of surgery allows us to check your pet’s liver and kidney function. These two main organs are involved in breaking down anaesthetic drugs.
A screening blood test is important as ongoing preventative health care. At Greencross Vets we recommend a blood test every six months. This allows for the early detection of disease and illness, particularly in older pets. Many of the diseases that senior pets are susceptible to are preventable or easily managed if detected early, which makes wellness blood tests important in senior pets.
Ask your Greencross Vet about a senior wellness blood test for your pet today.